Acorn Publishing (2020)
Reviewed by Megan Weiss for Reader Views (12/2020)
Mike Murphey’s “Taking Time: A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed” fast forwards readers about 25 years into the future.
It’s 2044, and the American southwest has more secrets than just Area 51. A secret facility deep within the desert is the site of a monumental project: Time Travel. Many government agencies and business tycoons around the globe are anxious to master this new feat of technology and reap the financial benefits. Marshall Grissom finds himself smack in the middle of the chaos when he’s asked to report to the facility by his boss. For the next five years, Marshall will be asked to become a time travel pioneer. Shy by nature and more prone to observing in the background, Marshall is thrust into the depths of the project as one of a select few participants who will be used as test subjects. His companions, the beautiful Sheila and the whip-smart, battle-ready Marta, complicate things for Marshall, as they are advised that the only way to safely transport them through time is by having the travelers be naked. As he grows closer to the two women, and becomes entrenched in a deep conspiracy involving the possibility of parallel universes, Marshall will have to watch his back and stay alert, as the corporate goons and government scientists will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, even if it means committing dirty crimes.
“Taking Time: A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed” was a fun read simply because the concept of the book was so unique. Of course, many authors have tackled the idea of time travel before, but Murphey really adapted the idea and made it his own. The idea that in the not-so-distant future governments and big businesses might get involved in a secret mission to bring about the possibility of time travel is one that really isn’t all that preposterous these days. With the constant new advances in science and technology, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before time travel becomes a major focus, and Murphey’s tale seemed like a realistic portrayal of what the results might be. The scientists are passionate about the new possibilities and discoveries being made, while those who are funding the project and hoping to reap the financial winnings of a successful time travel project are pushing for quick progress and positive results, no matter what. Science and money seem to be two things that are becoming increasingly entangled in our modern world, which can unfortunately have some dangerous consequences.
Overall, “Taking Time: A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed” was quite enjoyable, but I did find that sometimes the sexual innuendos and deviances got in the way a little bit. This caused them to kind of hang heavily over the action in the story, which caused the story to feel like it hitched or hit a weird curve in some places. This could be more of a personal preference, but I think that being more selective with this type of content would have increased the suspense of the story.
Readers who enjoy science fiction, time travel, mystery and government secrets will find “Taking Time: A Tale of Physics, Lust and Greed” to be a fun, fast-paced adventure that will constantly keep them asking new questions until the final page is turned.